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This is the SunLife

SunLife, the 200 year-old company

SunLife is one of the UK’s best-known financial services companies, dedicated to making things as straightforward and good value as possible, with benefits specially developed to meet the needs of everyone over 50. Our services help people protect their world — such as home insurance, prepare for the future — with funeral plans and over 50 life insurance, and pursue their ambitions with equity release.

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Where have we come from?

We've got roots stretching all the way back to 1810, when we opened our very first office building opposite the Bank of England in London.

In 1900, we became the first company to offer life assurance without the need for a medical — something we're still proud to be offering today.

The very first over 50s life cover plan was introduced in 1979. Over the years, we've helped thousands of people plan for the future and today, the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan is the nation's most popular choice for over 50 plans, and there are over 819,000 policyholders.

SunLife history montage showing The Royal Exchange, London, Charles Dickens and the Bristol SunLife court office

SunLife’s key milestones

  • 1810
    Sun fire Office Board launched, with Joshua Milne as the company’s first employee. After 33 years of loyal service, Milne made his final valuation in 1843.
  • 1826
    Fire marks were used from the late 17th century. By displaying them outside their house, owners could prove that they were insured against fire.
  • 1979
    Our very first over 50s life cover plan was introduced in 1979. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of people plan for the future and today, the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan is the nation’s most popular choice for over 50 plans, with over 819,000 policyholders.
  • 2010
    We celebrated 200 years of heritage.
  • 2014
    Sun Life Direct becomes SunLife. We launched our new look and new products to help make financial products ever more accessible and appealing. We now offer a wide range of products to help the whole family feel more secure in life, including over 50 life insurance, funeral plans, ISAs, pet insurance, home insurance, car insurance and Will writing services.
  • 2017
    SunLife joins the Phoenix Group, one of the largest providers of insurance services in the UK.
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1. UK’s most popular – Source: Association of British Insurers statistics.

Further information can be found on our verify page.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife and who provides the SunLife Guaranteed Over 50 Plans?

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services , registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG, United Kingdom (registered in England and Wales, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the SunLife Guaranteed Over 50 Plan life insurance policies. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG, United Kingdom (registered in England and Wales, no. 1016269).

Who provides the Funeral Benefit Option?

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.